Menziesia ferruginea Ericaceae
Rusty Menziesia, Fool's Huckleberry, False Azalea men-zee-SHE-a fer-ru-GI-nea
- Deciduous shrub, to 12 ft (3.6 m) tall, erect, straggly, spreading. Branches often grouped and more or less appearing whorled, pubescent and glandular when young, when older have reddish, scaly-shredding bark. Leaves alternate, simple, oblong to elliptic, 1.5-6.5 cm long, thin, margins finely serrate, main vein protrudes at apex, dark to blueish green, sparsely pubescent above, pale and minutely pubescent below, skunky odor when crushed; short petiole. Both leaves and stems are sticky to the touch. Flowers small, pinkish-orange to yellowish-white, urn-shaped, 6-8 mm long, 2-8 in terminal clusters. Fruit a dry, ovoid capsule, 5-7 mm long.
- Part shade to shade. A shade-tolerant shrub, in its range it is found mainly on steep, northerly exposures with abundant moisture. It is also found in openings and on cut-over forest land, especially on well-drained slopes.
- Hardy to USDA Zone Native to from Alaska south to northern California, east to western Montana. Found in moist woods, well-drained soils in along the Pacific Coast and in the mountains.
- ferruginea: rust-colored, rusty.